The most commom surname in this cemetery
is Mowrey. At least four generations of
Mowreys are buried in this picturesque
cemetery. Fred R. Mowrey (our great great
great grandfather) born 16 September 1788
died 4 April 1866, is the earliest with a marker.
I would surmise that, since they owned property
nearby, Fred's parents, Fredric and Elizabeth
(Rosenberger) Mowrey, and his wife Catherine
(Supringer) Mowrey also lie in Boehm Cemetery.
Fred and Catherine's sons Cornelius and John
Mowrey were interred here as were their wives.
Cornelius was a Confederate veteran who died
11 December 1861 after being listed as absent
sick from his regiment 22 November 1861. There
is no indication of the nature of his illness or the
cause of death. Another brother Emphraim is said
to have been captured as a prisoner of war on his
own property during the Battle of Fisher's Hill.
Emphraim Mowrey died in 1864 at a prisoner of
war camp in Elmira, New York, where he is buried.
The wives and children of these brothers were also
laid to rest in Boehm Cemetery. The early deaths
of some of their children is evidence of how life-
threatening the process of childbirth was in the
past for both mother and child. In addition of
being descended from the Mowrey family buried
here, we have ancestors in this cemetery from the
families of Boehm, Baker, Stickley, Supringer,
and perhaps also Kline and Watson. Of the 80
plus marked graves in this cemetery, 45 bear
surnames that are validated branches of our
family tree. If only we could know the names
of the others buried in unmarked graves here.
If you have become disconnected from your
roots, maybe you should try to get back in
touch with them. The moment of re-connection
is a great joy. The ties that bind us are eternal ties.
They contain such power, force and influence, that
once you are disconnected, the rejoining is like
lighting up a city. Each person buried in Boehm
or any other cemetery has a story to be told.
Whether they were kings, soldiers or dirt farmers,
all their stories are equally important.